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Tips for Staging a Home Before you Sell

Mon, Aug 12th 2019 9:06 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Selling your home quickly and for the amount of money it deserves requires more than the consideration of the home itself, you have to consider how it's coming off to make it as appealing as possible. There are factors that could turn the same home into one buyers turn their noses up at or one that buyers fall in love with. Read this post to learn all about staging a home for a quick sale.

Tips for Staging a Home

Staging your home
Depersonalize
Your belongings are personal to you and leaving them in the home when showing it means your stamp is all over it. This makes it difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living there. Large furniture and artwork as well as junk can impair the buyer's ability to se...



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How to Buy a House While Selling Your Own

Mon, Aug 12th 2019 9:01 pm by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Most experts don't recommend buying a house before selling your own, but it can be done sometimes.  Read this post to learn why you don't want to buy a house before selling yours and when it is a good idea to do so.

How to Buy a House While Selling Your Own

What's wrong with buying a house before selling your current one?
It seems like you'd want to buy first so you'll have a place to move into. Right? But it's a bad financial decision. You probably need the funds from selling the house to comfortably and wisely afford the new one.

It's also too much stress to try to tackle both at the same time. Buying and selling a house are major events in your life, ones that cause a great deal of...



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Avoid Easily-made and Common Home Staging Mistakes

Mon, Aug 12th 2019 8:52 pm by Missy Banks South Charlotte expert

Staging your home has a powerful effect on how quickly your home sells and how much money you can get for it. There are psychological aspects to home buying that even the buyer may not realize is important to them but do impact the sale. Avoid common home staging mistakes by reading this post.

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Avoid Easily-made and Common Home Staging Mistakes


Underestimating light
Light is an important factor in a home sale. It seems trivial, so it's easy to overlook, but don't. Open your blinds or curtains to let in more light. Clean your windows. Not only does cleaning your windows look better and give buyers a better impression of your maintenance skills, but you'd be surprised how it impacts brigh...



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The Future of Charlotte NC: Cities of Tomorrow Discovery Place

Tue, Aug 6th 2019 12:16 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Charlotte's already a pretty great place to live, but the future of Charlotte takes the relationship between people, the things they need to do, the arts, and sustainability to new levels. Discovery Place's Science Museum will be holding an event on August 23rd discussing the future of Charlotte, NC and other major cities all over the globe.

The Future of Charlotte NC
 

Changes in the works
 

There are already some big plans for Charlotte.

Major investments are being made for a dazzling new music scene giving both musicians and music enthusiasts more, richer opportunities for growth and variety. Charlotte will soon be a go-to music destination.

Mecklenburg County has already built an...



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Wondering Why Buy New Construction?

Tue, Aug 6th 2019 12:05 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

If you aren't just obsessed with the idea of a new home, you may be wondering whether an existing home or new construction home is right for you. What are the deciding factors? This post will help you answer the question "why buy new construction," so you know which you should look into further.

 

Why Buy New Construction?
 

Less repair and maintenance costs
 

Let's face it, unless the builder is disreputable, with a new construction home, it is going to be a long time before you need to do any repairs and maintenance will be minimal. Everything's brand new, so you can just wait for wear and tear to start happening and perform what maintenance will reduce wear and tear. An existing ho...



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Prioritize the Home Improvements That Pay Off

Tue, Aug 6th 2019 11:59 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Home improvement should be an exciting change, and many people consider part of that excitement as being the added value to their home should they decide to sell it later. But people often end up disappointed after spending a lot of money and enduring the upheaval of remodeling to discover that the remodel cost more money than it'll ever make back. Many common remodels only make back about 50% of their investment. Prevent this from happening to you by prioritizing the home improvements that pay off.

 

Prioritize the Home Improvements That Pay Off
 

Energy-efficiency
 

Upgrading to energy efficient appliances, windows, and insulation appeals to anyone who cares about the environment or...



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Popular Remodels That Don't Pay Off

Tue, Aug 6th 2019 11:53 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

It is easy to get excited about making home improvements to your house and assume that they always add value. Unfortunately, many home improvements, even popular ones, cost more than they increase your home value, meaning you don't actually make money on the deal. It will be helpful to be aware of common remodels that don't pay off so you can determine if you really want exactly what you are picturing or another remodel may be better for you. You may decide to go with your original idea without care for your return on investment because you will enjoy the remodel so much yourself, or you might tweak your idea to get enjoyment and home value at the same time.

 

Popu...



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Your What to Do After You Buy a House Checklist

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 2:21 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

You have probably been so busy figuring out how to buy the home that considering what to do after a buying a home slipped your mind, until the time came. Then you felt swamped or confused. If you've gotten to that step and want help, or you can foresee this happening and want to prevent it, we've created a what to do after you buy a house checklist to make it as easy as 1, 2, 3. Well, almost.

 

Your What to Do After You Buy a House Checklist
 

Besides the moving of your things, what else needs to be done?

 

You may be surprised to discover all the cleaning, little or major repairs, purchases, and errands you'll have to do after buying your new house.

 

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Your Things to Buy for a New House Checklist

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 2:13 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

There are some things you'll need to purchase for your new home, to make it safe, to spruce it up, to make sure everything works right, and to prepare you for living in the house. If this is your first time buying a house or you're simply rusty, you might appreciate our Things to Buy a New House checklist. Get everything in one trip rather than discovering as you go, "wait, I need fill-in-the-blank before I can complete this important step in moving in." This could happen many times and make everything much more frustrating than it has to be.

 

Your Things to Buy for a New House Checklist        
 

You'll need to buy many things for your new house.

There are the more obvious things ...



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Things You Can Afford When You Downsize Your Home

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 1:13 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

If you are considering downsizing your home, you are likely weighing the pros and cons and maybe even battling some depression and anxiety about the move. One of the main pros of downsizing your home is all the money and time you could save. To help you make up your mind about downsizing your home, or make yourself feel better about having to, we'll discuss all of the ways downsizing can benefit your life. This can help you envision and make real in your mind the positivity of the change.

Things You can Afford When You Downsize Your Home
When we have a growing family, we feel we need a lot of space, and society pushes us to get a larger home to prove our success, so ma...



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Benefits of Using a Realtor to Sell Your Home or Selling by Owner

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 12:55 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Many people ask themselves, "should I use a realtor," so we'll sort out the benefits of using a realtor to sell your home or selling a house by owner to help you decide. It's not just about saved money, but knowledge, complex steps, and even legal issues.

Benefits of Using a Realtor to Sell Your Home or Selling by Owner
 

It is tempting when you read or hear that selling with a realtor adds costs to the sale of your house to think, can't I do without that?

Technically, you can. People do sell by owner. But most of the time it costs you money rather than saves you money, and it adds unnecessary headache to what is already a stressful process.

Benefits...



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Our Furninshing a New Home Checklist

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 12:37 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Is this your first home, whether bought or rented? Knowing what to have in a home is not exactly common sense. It's easy to forget things until they're needed. Even if you've lived by yourself for a while and had multiple homes, you may be so busy moving that you forget. So, here's a furnishing a new home checklist to help you stock up before you're in the middle of washing dishes or your toilet is running over.

 

Our Furnishing a New Home Checklist
 

Depending on your budget, you can buy a few essential pieces of furniture or deck out the house like a pin from Pinterest. But there is more than furniture and decor to running a house. There are cleaning supplies, tools for fixing odd p...



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How to Sell a House: The Steps to Sell Your House

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 12:31 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

You can make selling your home less stressful by anticipating the steps to sell your house and completing the steps in the correct order. Read this post to learn how to sell a house the quicker, simpler way.

How to Sell a House: The Steps to Sell Your House
Research
Educate yourself on the housing market in your area so you can get a good idea of whether this is the best time to sell and how much to list your house for. Having a better understanding of comparable houses on the market will also give you an appreciation of the repairs and staging you should do to make sure your house can compete with them.

Find a listing agent
Go ahead and speak to listing agents so you c...



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Understanding the Steps of Buying a House

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 12:00 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Buying a house seems so overwhelming, but if you have the steps of buying a house laid out for you, it seems simpler and freeing.

Understanding the Steps of Buying a House
Step 1 - Saving up
The very first step is to plan how you'll save up the money to cover a down payment and hidden costs and hopefully even have some savings left over to help you maintain financial security after the move.

If you know you can't foresee ever having a 20% down payment, look into assistance from the FHA, USDA, or VA. Your down payment may be slashed to only 3%.

Step 2 - Strengthen your credit game
Get a report on your credit score and explore the various ways to strengthen your credit. It's always worth ...



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Time to Sell? Here are Some Important Reasons to Sell Your Home

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 11:53 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Buying a new home is half the battle, you also have to consider all the reasons to sell your home to determine if the time is right.

Time to Sell? Here are Some Important Reasons to Sell Your Home Now
You may have to sell your home for a variety of reasons and the timing may not always be ideal. If you have the luxury of deciding whether to sell your house, the following ideas are some of the important indicators that will help you answer the question, "Should I sell my house" with an answer that is closer to ideal and one that will make a positive difference in your life.

You have positive equity
If you owe more money on your home than you have equity in it, called negati...



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How to Sell a House as Is

Tue, Jul 23rd 2019 11:43 am by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Sometimes it isn't possible to make the repairs needed to secure the most money from your sale. This is when you need to know how to sell a house as is.

How to Sell a House as Is
Why you want to sell a house as is
Labelling a house as being sold "as is" warns potential buyers that they will have to make any repairs needed on the home. This benefits you because it attracts buyers who are willing to take on the cost of the work needed in the home. It also eliminates the disappointment a buyer would have if they stepped into a home expecting it to be turnkey and question your idea of house maintenance or feel they are dealing with someone dishonest.

You may need to sell you...



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Home for Sale in Marvin Ridge School Zone

Tue, Jul 16th 2019 10:18 am by Missy Banks Charlotte Home Searches

Homes for sale in Union County

Looking to be in a home in time for school at Union County's Marvin Ridge High School? This all brick beauty just hit the market in one of Union County's most popular neighborhoods -- Hunter Oaks.  If you are looking for a home for sale in Union County look no further!

1007 Staghorn has been meticulously maintained.  All major mechanical systems have been replaced!  The home sits on a private corner lot.  Enjoy the screened porch overlooking a wooded back yard!

If you prefer an open floorplan for entertaining and lifestyle, you will find that here.  The downstairs rooms are large and open to each other and the screened porch is just a step away off the breakfast room.  

This home...



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How to Get Your House Ready to Sell Faster and For More Money

Wed, Jul 10th 2019 4:06 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Buyers are committing to a huge investment in your house and taking on the responsibility of repairs and maintenance. This makes it crucial that you ensure your house looks as good as you possibly can before putting it on the market. When they see even small things that haven't been repaired or your home looks junky, buyers see potential repair costs. Read this post to learn how to get your house ready to sell.

How to Get Your House Ready to Sell Faster and For More Money
Repair
Repair as much as you can, because whatever is left undone will reduce the amount you can get for the home and make the home much harder to sell. This includes major repairs and small ones lik...



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First Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

Wed, Jul 10th 2019 4:00 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

First Time Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid
Not creating a home-buying plan
First time home buyers typically focus on two things, finding the house they want and whether they have the down payment. But coming up with the down payment and being able to actually buy the house you want are much easier if you've planned ahead.

Unless it's an emergency, plan your move at least a year ahead.

Create a plan to save the down payment and enough to cover hidden costs within your designated time frame. It could be one year, two years, or five years. Ideally, you should take time to save for the down payment, the hidden costs, and have some savings left to be financially secure after...



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The Psychology of Downsizing - Easing Downsizing Depression

Wed, Jul 10th 2019 3:52 pm by Catherine DeCramer Charlotte Home Searches

Downsizing is a good thing, saving the homeowner money and stress, but it doesn't always feel good. The psychology of downsizing is complicated, and many people suffer downsizing depression. This post will go over some tips to try to make downsizing feel more like the positive change it is supposed to be.

The Psychology of Downsizing
Selling and buying a home is an emotional time for everyone, often combining positivity with stress or sadness. People get attached to their homes and the memories they made in them or they are just scared of making such a major change. Society also makes having the bigger, showier home such a priority that people can feel shame taking a...



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